“Curling’s Cool” in Scottish Schools!
During the 2013-14 season around 4500 pupils from 198 schools participated in the RCCC’s Curling’s Cool programme, a national initiative providing Primary 6 & 7 children with an introduction to curling.
This year, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games massively raised the interest in curling through national and local media. The Olympic theme was incorporated into many of the Curling’s Cool sessions with schools putting on their own mini Olympic festivals.
As can be seen a school at Border Ice Rink appeared with their pupils wearing Eve Muirhead and David Murdoch masks to support Team GB!
The programme is delivered by RCCC qualified coaches and during the four on-ice sessions, children have the opportunity to:
- Practice and develop the curling delivery and sweeping techniques.
- Learn the basic rules.
- Gain an understanding of curling etiquette.
- Take part in fun stations and drills designed to improve curling technique.
- Play a full length game.
- Develop communication skills through team building exercises.
Most importantly, ‘Curling’s Cool’ is a fun initiative that is highly inclusive with wheelchair users, deaf and vision impaired all being able to take part in the mainstream activity. Each child receives a certificate and promotional item on completion of their programme.
The A.M. Ross Family Foundation awarded the RCCC with a grant to support the delivery of a successful programme over the last two years and have again generously committed to supporting the programme for the forthcoming season.